MLB Grind Down: Wednesday, June 19th - CLE @ TEX

Cleveland at Texas – 8:05 PM ET

Plutko needs a good matchup and/or a good ballpark to warrant consideration in DFS, especially in a 10-game slate. He doesn’t have either in his favor tonight, as he squares off against the Rangers in a hitter-friendly ballpark. I know the Rangers are missing some key bats, but their projected lineup still boasts an average xwOBA of .343 against right-handed pitching.

Quick Breakdown: Avoid Plutko in all formats.

Palumbo is set to make his second career major league start tonight against the Indians. In 10 Double-A starts earlier this season, he posted a 3.76 FIP with a strikeout rate of 31%. Sure, those numbers are encouraging, but this is only his second start above the Double-A level. This is a huge step up in competition and he is pitching in one of the best hitting environments in baseball.

Quick Breakdown: It doesn’t hurt to take a wait and see approach with Palumbo.

Batter Grind Down

We don’t have a lot of data to work with when it comes to Joe Palumbo. He’s a southpaw with good numbers in the minors, but tonight will only be his second career major league start. The Indians see a favorable ballpark shift, their offense has been heating up, and they are guaranteed to see ninth-inning bats. They were a popular stack last night and I don’t mind going right back to the well this evening. Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Jordan Luplow, and Jose Ramirez all bat from the right side and all boast a .350+ xwOBA against southpaws.

Elite PlaysFrancisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Jordan Luplow, Jose Ramirez

Secondary PlaysOscar Mercado (GPP), Jason Kipnis (GPP), Kevin Plawecki (DK)


Once again, I expect the Rangers to garner half the ownership as the Indians. They are playing at home and have the same implied run total. Adam Plutko allowed a .348 xwOBA to lefties a year ago and has allowed a .396 xwOBA to righties this season. Rather than focusing on batters from a certain side of the plate, I will focus on batters that hit right-handed pitching well. Shin-Soo Choo, Danny Santana, Nomar Mazara, and Willie Calhoun all own a .345+ xwOBA against righties this season.

Elite Plays – Shin-Soo Choo, Danny Santana, Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun (GPP)

Secondary PlaysWillie Calhoun (Cash), Elvis Andrus (GPP), Rougned Odor (GPP)


About the Author

  • Derek Farnsworth (Notorious)

  • Derek Farnsworth, aka Notorious, is one of the most recognizable names and faces in all of DFS, thanks in large part to the great advice he gives on a daily basis in’s Grind Down for NBA and MLB as well as the First Look column that gives a preview of the day’s games from a DFS perspective. Before joining the RotoGrinders team, Derek received a Masters Degree from the University of Utah. When he’s not busy providing content, he’s dominating the industry as evidenced by his consistent top rankings in multiple sports. Farnsworth provides expert analysis for RotoGrinders Premium members on a daily basis during the NBA season and has also been nominated for five different Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association (FSWA) awards.


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